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Wizards sign Cartier Martin for rest of the season


Clear out. I've got four games to go. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Cartier Affair wasn't going to keep Cartier Martin from sticking with the Wizards. The team signed the 6-foot-6 swingman for the remainder of the season ... um, the final four games. The Wizards made sure that Martin won't follow Alonzo Gee to San Antonio or go back to Des Moines to help the Iowa Energy make a deep run in the NBA Development League playoffs.

Martin's most memorable moment in five games with the Wizards was unwittingly wrestling away a rebound that could've given Andray Blatche his first career triple-double against New Jersey. Nets swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts shot an airball and Martin simply reached out to grab the ball, but Blatche desperately tried to snatch it from him to no avail.

"It was an airball. I wasn't even paying attention to how many boards and points everybody had," said Martin, who apologized to Blatche as the game concluded and pledged to buy him dinner or some clothes.

I dubbed the incident on Twitter, "The Cartier Affair" as a play on the source of his unique name. Martin's mother gave him the name because of a 1984 NBC made-for-TV movie that starred David Hasselhoff, Joan Collins and Telly Savalas. Martin was born 16 days after it debuted.

In limited minutes, Martin has proven to be a decent scorer. After going scoreless in a six-minute debut in his hometown of Houston, Martin has averaged 10 points in his past four games. He scored nine points in just 13 minutes on Wednesday, and Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy singled him out among the Wizards wing players that his team has had difficulty guarding.

Martin's best game, of course, came on Sunday when he scored 16 points -- including a huge fourth-quarter three-pointer against the Nets.


By Michael Lee  |  April 9, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

"I dubbed the incident on Twitter, "The Cartier Affair" as a play on the source of his unique name." Man! That is just so clever. Don't you think having to explain your "wit" diminishes it?

Posted by: Fief1 | April 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think your being a snide jerk diminishes your criticism of Michael Lee's wit?

Posted by: IrenePollin | April 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Don't you think your being a snide jerk diminishes your criticism of Michael Lee's wit?Posted by: IrenePollin"

'In the country of the snide jerks,
The snider jerk is king.'

Posted by: Samson151 | April 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is king?

Posted by: ts35 | April 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was a duke and a bum.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope Blatche is traded this summer. He has no heart, and is a complete headcase. Too selfish, and doesnt make others better.

Posted by: Roman5 | April 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Roman5: I couldn't agree with you more I have the same opinion of the "serial skirt chaser"(AB) any player that has the nerve, and the unmitigated gall tell the H/C i'm not going back in the game as AB did about a month ago to Flip then i got no use for him whatsoever this is why this team needs a no-nonsense H/C(Avery Johnson) someone who as my late father would say "ain't puttin up with dat bull s_ _t" AB has the tools to be an all-star but he's got a ten cent head and attitude. I'd trade him if i thought i could get someone back with the same potential in a heartbeat.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"Martin . . . apologized to Blatche as the game concluded and pledged to buy him dinner or some clothes."

Hmmm ... Blatche's contract isn't really so bad that he can't buy his own clothes. Blatche is the one who should have apologized to Martin for acting like a jerk. Martin should have apologized only if he hadn't actually snagged the rebound that was aimed directly at him.

Posted by: fansincebullets | April 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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